Crittercam Tracking a Monkey Between Two Worlds

National Geographic’s Crittercam team is currently on a mission on the rock of Gibraltar, working with NG/Waitt Grantee Dr. Agustin Fuentes of Notre Dame on a study of the resident macaques. Notable for their thick hair, lack of fear, and huge numbers, the macaques are one of the largest wild animals to be thriving in urban environments.

By capturing footage of the macaques when they’re out of site of the bustling crowds of tourists at this famous rock, Crittercam will give us a chance to see new details of the hidden aspects of the lives of the legendary “Barbary apes” (which, despite not having tails, are in fact monkeys, not apes).

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National Geographic’s Crittercam

Q&A With Agustin Fuentes



Andrew Howley is a longtime contributor to the National Geographic blog, with a particular focus on archaeology and paleoanthropology generally, and ancient rock art in particular. In 2018 he became Communications Director at Adventure Scientists, founded by Nat Geo Explorer Gregg Treinish. Over 11 years at the National Geographic Society, Andrew worked in various ways to share the stories of NG explorers and grantees online. He also produced the Home Page of for several years, and helped manage the Society's Facebook page during its breakout year of 2010. He studied Anthropology with a focus on Archaeology from the College of William & Mary in Virginia. He has covered expeditions with NG Explorers-in-Residence Mike Fay, Enric Sala, and Lee Berger. His personal interests include painting, running, and reading about history. You can follow him on Twitter @anderhowl and on Instagram @andrewjhowley.